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UPDATE: Two dead after serious M5 crash

UPDATE: Two dead after serious M5 crash

Published by Emma Carton at 12:13pm 13th September 2018. (Updated at 3:36pm 13th September 2018)

Police have confirmed two people have died after a serious crash that shut the M5 in both directions.

Four others have been rushed to hospital after the collision near Taunton and at least two have serious injuries.

Officers say a lorry and several cars were involved on Thursday morning.

"A multi-agency operation is underway on the M5 in Somerset following a fatal collision.

"We were called just after 8.30am on Thursday 13 September to a collision involving a HGV and several cars on the southbound carriageway near junction 24, Huntworth.

"Sadly two people were pronounced dead at the scene. Four other people have been taken to hospital, at least two of whom have serious injuries.

"The southbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for the foreseeable future while emergency services complete their work at the scene.

"We’re deploying well-rehearsed plans to release motorists currently held in the road closure. It’s important for motorists to remain in their vehicles to avoid further unnecessary delay".

Avon and Somerset Police

The northbound carriageway has reopened but southbound is expected to remain closed for hours.

"The M between J24 - J25 near Taunton - northbound has reopened.. However, Southbound will remain closed for a few more hours, likely over rush hour.

"Traffic trapped within the closure is still being released at the rear of the queue. Thank you for your patience".

Highways England

You can check the latest diversions here or read the latest traffic and travel for Cornwall here.

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